The Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) combines professional studies with a contextual studies specialisation, and a choice of courses from a wide range of School and University-wide electives.
The degree is designed so that you will develop critical and analytical skills, theoretical knowledge and research expertise to better understand and evaluate your own and others’ work.
The professional strand courses are where you will specialise in your chosen field.
In the professional strand courses you will learn through the practice of journalism—gathering and producing news—in traditional and digital, online, converged and networked environments. You will also explore the creative and critical application of these skills in a wide range of scenarios relevant to academic study and the journalism industries.
Learning and teaching in the professional strand is focussed on project-driven studios that integrate and progressively develop a theoretical, practical and professional knowledge base.
As you move through the degree you will increasingly direct your own learning, and gather and produce news with both an academic and industry focus.
You will study one of five contextual strands as part of your degree program. The five contextual strands are: Asian Media and Culture; Cinema Studies; Politics Economies Communication; Literary Studies; Approaches to Popular Culture.
You will also select four courses from a wide range of school and university electives, depending on your particular career and personal interests.
In the first year of the program you will learn foundation skills in news gathering, news writing and production. You will be introduced to the intellectual and scholarly aspects of journalism. You will critically engage with its cultural and historical contexts, and its legal and regulatory systems.
In the second year you will learn to research, report, write and produce radio and television news. You also learn the fundamentals of online journalism.
In the first semester of your final year, you will enrol in an industry-based placement course. In the second semester you will work in a converged, multimedia newsroom. You will produce print, online and broadcast journalism in a deadline-driven environment that mirrors industry practice. You will help to produce the program’s newspaper, City Journal, its online companion City Journal Online, a live television news bulletin, and live radio news. This capstone course will enable you to synthesize and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice and to demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.